Demographics Of Women Obtaining Abortions In Select LMICs Vary Widely, Guttmacher Study Shows

Guttmacher Institute: New Study Highlights Demographics of Women Who Have Abortions in 28 Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Gustavo Suárez, director of communications at the Guttmacher Institute, discusses results from a study recently published in PLOS ONE on the demographics of women obtaining induced abortions in select low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). “The researchers hope that policymakers and advocates will use their findings to better target efforts to reduce abortion-related injuries and deaths in developing countries, noting that 86 percent of all abortions worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries. They recommend expanding contraceptive services, along with access to safe abortion services and postabortion care — interventions that will reduce unintended pregnancy and ameliorate the consequences of unsafe abortion” (5/10).